Ribbon Cutting at Rock Shed

What fun this was this afternoon. Dave Potter, County Supervisors, Tim Gibbons, Cal Trans District Director, and Kirk Gafill all gave speeches. Cal Trans gave Ken Wright, Harry Harris, and myself a framed certificate for being the local representatives on the Design and Aesthetics committee. Here are just a few photos I got of the place and event.

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All those loose rocks were placed to make it more natural. It is still pretty shiny, but that will fade. It is anti-graffiti protection.

Thanks to Charlie Hench who made sure to accommodate my handicap. Thanks Charlie!

Rain Rocks Rock Shed and Pitkins Curve Bridge

That Rock Shed is absolutely gorgeous! Nice job, everyone.

Charlie Hench, Resident Engineer for Cal-Trans sent these photos, taken, Tuesday Jan. 7th by Wayne Walker, Charlie’s structural representative.

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*IMPORTANT NOTICE OF OVERNIGHT CLOSURES AT PITKINS CURVE/RAIN ROCKS

Today’s Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa
Cruz Counties
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Jim Shivers
Phone: (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HIGHWAY 1/PITKINS CURVE BRIDGE AND ROCKSHED PROJECT—THREE OVERNIGHT CLOSURES STARTING SUNDAY, NOV. 24

MONTEREY COUNTY — The Highway 1 Bridge and Rockshed at Pitkin’s Curve (post-mile 21.5) will be closing for three nights, starting Sunday, Nov. 24, Caltrans officials announced today.

Overnight work hours/closures will be from 10 pm to 6 am Sunday night Nov. 24, Monday, Nov. 25, and Tuesday, Nov. 26 (opening on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 6 am)

A full closure is needed to allow for the installation of the bridge joint seal assemblies. Only emergency vehicles will be allowed through. Flaggers will be present at each end of the project enforcing the closure. Detour consists of using Hwy. 46/Hwy. 101/Hwy. 68.

The ¼ – mile project limits extends from just north of Limekiln Creek Bridge to south of Lucia. The project includes a rockshed, a bridge, and a retaining wall.

“We are excited to see this project approaching completion,” said Caltrans District 5 Director Tim Gubbins. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in January, weather permitting.

Pitkins/Rain Rocks, early photos

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Those were taken in 2011, I think, when the project first started. The next one was taken about 10 years ago, just south of the current rock shed. This should be fun!

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So, I’ll be interested in seeing what a good El Niño year does. Not this year, as it is “El Niño neutral” at least thru next spring according to NOAA.

Pitkins Curve/Rockshed Project

HIGHWAY 1/PITKINS CURVE BRIDGE AND ROCKSHED PROJECT—NEARING COMPLETION

MONTEREY COUNTY — Highway 1 Bridge and Rockshed at Pitkins Curve (post-mile 21.5) is nearing completion, Caltrans officials announced today.

The ¼ – mile project limits extends from just north of Limekiln Creek Bridge to south of Lucia. The project includes a rockshed, a bridge, and a retaining wall.

Some of the most significant benefits of this project include:
The project will severely reduce motorists’ encounters with a falling rock and/or a land slide.
The project should greatly reduce any period of closure of the highway at this location due to a major slide.
The cost of maintaining this stretch of highway will be greatly reduced as a result of this project.
The ride will be much more pleasant than it was before (smoother ride, unique structures, more impressive view).

“We are excited to see this project approaching completion,” said District 5 Director Tim Gubbins. The entire project is scheduled to be completed in January, weather permitting.

The contractor for this $29.5 million project is Golden State Bridge Inc. of Martinez, CA.

Pitkin’s Bridge & Rain Rocks Shed

Here is a photo of the entire project by CalTrans resident Engineer, Charlie Hench

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Fascinating to one who has lived with this crazy combo of slides for 24 years. The slide at Pitkin’s Curve is dirt, and will go UNDER the bridge. The one at Rain Rocks is … Well, rocks. It will go on top and over the shed.

Working to save Highway from itself, and Mother Nature

Following is a photojournal of my trip north Wednesday. Three construction areas, we had to traverse. This is why we don’t go north much right now.

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Look at the colors in those arches. Aren’t they gorgeous!.

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AND, construction number two – Partington.

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It is not just the stopping for 10 minutes, or more, EACH, it is getting in a line of cars from which one cannot escape!

Finally, Rocky Creek.

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GBS CLEARED BOULDER AT RAIN ROCKS, PER LOCAL

10:30 pm – local says GBS cleared boulder and were letting people through. It is still “officially” closed as far as I know.

9:15 pm – NOTICE – Just got a call from CT PR, Collin Jones. A slide at Rain Rocks, MM 21has the highway closed From Ragged Point to Big Sur MM 71 to 41. Will reassess the situation in the am. I’ll keep you all updated. One can get to big Sur and Lucia from the north, but not from the south.

Thanks bigsurdeb for having my back and being this blog’s incredible back-up! You mean the world to us!

Rain Rocks Rock Shed

I have a series of photos taken over the past two weeks that shows the project. I thought my readers would be interested to see what has been going on.

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This one was taken just before last week’s overnight closure. One can see the Rebar topping the shed in preparation for adding the roof.

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Monday, July 9, 2012, I had the “pleasure” of driving between the rock shed and the mountain. That was an experience! This photo and the next two will give you a feel for that. I had to take these photos AS I WAS DRIVING with my iPhone, so excuse the quality. You get the idea.

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Then, yesterday, Monday, July 16, 2012, I got to drive under the new shed. These photos depict that experience. Again, I was multi-tasking – taking photos while driving. This time with my Nikon.

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And there you have it! You have now “driven” thru what is sure to become a world-famous rock shed via the miracle of cyberspace! Quite a feat. It is scheduled to be completed by Spring of 2013.

Road Closure Update, 1/23/12

Noon – From Cal-Trans:

Cal-Trans official press release says there is no anticipated date of re-opening of the road.

9:30 am – semi-official report: there is no equipment buried under the slide, none of the rock shed is affected, the slide didn’t take out the light, only the wires going to the light, and it is expected that the road will be open in 3-4 days, but still waiting for the geologist’s analysis.

8:30 am – reported by local in comment section below: “Just went for a look, was told by the flagger that the slide has buried part of the rock shed, with much of their equipment, and will probably be closed for at least a couple of days. Also unofficial, but that was at 8:20 this morning.” If all that equipment is buried, it will be more than a couple days!

7:30 am – Per one of my “unofficial” but very reliable sources, the slide occurred just south of the new Rock Shed at Rain Rocks, and took out the light on the southern end of the construction. I have no word from Cal-Trans “official” sources, yet, about how long the closure will last. I suspect I will not get any official word until mid-day or later, as the resident geologist will have to evaluate the situation, then get the word to the PR guys/gals. Will update as soon as I have additional information. BTW, the CHP website no longer shows this closure, but that does not mean it is open.